Accommodation establishments may vary according to availability at the time of booking.
Hotel Pension A La Mer, Swakopmund
Today your day is filled with various activities options you can choose from. Ranging from a Catamaran Boat Cruise., Sandwich Harbour, Mondesa Township Tour, Moon Landscape etc
Accommodation at Pension Hotel A La Mer
Bed and Breakfast
Sossusvlei Lodge, Sesriem
Today after breakfast, your day will face the changing of landscape as you will be driving from Swakopmund to
Sossusvlei. Upon arrival, you enter the park and enjoy the late of the afternoon at leisure admiring the magical Namib Desert.
Accommodation at Sossusvlei Lodge
As there is no accommodation at Sossusvlei, visitors to this desert wilderness are likely to end up staying at Sesriem, 65 kilometres away, where camps and lodges serve as a base from which to explore the dunes. Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot.
Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the
ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon.)
Overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge
Luxury right at the entrance gate to Sesriem Canyon and the famous Sossusvlei Situated at the Entrance Gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei Lodge offers direct access to the towering red
sand dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, the scorched black trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon.
The Superior Accommodation units at Sossusvlei Lodge feature a patio to enjoy views over the Desert landscapes, a spacious air-conditioned twin-bedded room and a full en-suite bathroom. The Standard Family Units feature two rooms back to back connected by a lockable inter-leading door between the two private bathrooms. An elegant Junior Suite boasts a spacious bedroom, living area, patio with a splash pool, large bathroom and inspiring views.
Experience the true art of Hospitality with the thoughtful touch of attentive staff to contribute to a truly memorable experience. Facilities include a sparkling pool, bar, sundowner deck, beer garden and an al fresco terrace where one can enjoy exquisite food, award-winning wines and magnificent views of the floodlit waterhole.
The Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Centre provides a range of activities including Guided Excursions to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei, Elim dune walks, Sundowner Trips, Hot Air Ballooning, Scenic Flights and much more to explore the area’s natural beauty.
Directions – Hotel Pension A La Mer to Sossusvlei Lodge
Travel Time: 4:12 hours
GPS co-ordinates for Sossusvlei Lodge: S 24° 29′ 2.346″ E 15° 48′ 9.473″
Sossusvlei Lodge, Sesriem
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Today your day will be filled with a lot of dunes experiences. After breakfast, which will need to be very early, for you
to witness the sunrise, you will drive to Sossusvlei dune and Deadvlei. Please make sure you carry at least a 3 liter
water bottle because you will need it when climbing Big Daddy Dune – which is the biggest dune and a lot have
climbing it reaching to the top a “must do” in their in their travelling list.
You will as well go and visit Sesriem Canyon.
Accommodation at Sossus Dune Lodge
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Sossusvlei & Deadvlei Excursion
Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Windhoek
Today you will drive back to Windhoek. Upon arrival, you will be accommodated at Arebbusch Country Lodge.
As previously described
Overnight: Arebbusch Travel Lodge
Located in Windhoek, Arebbusch Travel Lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a beautiful natural setting.
Accommodation types include luxury accommodation, standard rooms, self-catering accommodation units, luxury tents and caravan/camping facilities. All units have private bathrooms, kitchenettes and barbeque amenities.
Breakfast is included for standard rooms and small self-catering chalets. Additional amenities include a swimming pool, a restaurant, a pizzeria, internet access and conference facilities.
Directions – Sossusvlei Lodge to Arebbusch Travel Lodge
Travel Time: 3:58 hours
GPS co-ordinates for Arebbusch Travel Lodge: S 22° 36′ 34.056″ E 17° 05′ 8.765″
End of Itinerary (Wed, 21 December)
Today is the end of your tour.
Today after breakfast, you will drop off of the vehicle back at our offices and a transfer to the airport can be
arranged (at own cost) for your scheduled flight back home.
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Directions – Arebbusch Travel Lodge to Hosea Kutako International Airport [WDH]
Travel Time: 42 minutes
GPS co-ordinates for Hosea Kutako International Airport [WDH]: S 22° 29′ 12.534″ E 17° 27′ 47.126″
Bed and Breakfast
Upon your arrival, some pertinent information on Travel in Namibia:
Police roadblocks: Please note that you will encounter several police roadblocks, usually on exit/entrances to biggertowns or cities. These are for your safety and police might ask to check your driver’s licence or passport.
Cell phone coverage: is largely restricted to towns and cities, with irregular coverage in-between.
Fuelling (gas) stations: accept cash only, no credit cards are allowed. Most of the bigger towns as well as National
Parks have fuelling stations available.
Cash withdrawal: Namibia has ATM (Automated Teller Machines) available in most of the bigger towns, where any of the international visa or master cards can be used to withdraw cash.
Time changes: Time zone in Namibia (GMT+2)
Animals on roads: As Namibia has largely wide, open grasslands and antelope are aplenty, be on the lookout for game like Kudu and warthog that can cross the roads any time.
Business hours: Monday to Friday, 08h00 – 17h00. Saturdays’ most shops close around 14h00; Sundays and Public
Holidays shops are usually closed.
Banking hours: vary from 08h00/09h00 – 16h00 on weekdays, and Saturday mornings to around 11h00.
Hitchhikers: It is not suggested that you pick up hitchhikers on any road in Namibia
Stolen Items: Should you be so unfortunate as to have a personal item stolen from your person or vehicle, please report to the nearest police station, where you will receive a claim number, and which can be used for insurance purposes.
Vehicle breakdown: In case you do become stranded next to road (e.g. vehicle problems or flat tyre) please remain at your vehicle. Frequently other vehicles pass along on the same road who can either assist you or contact us.
Intermix Tours & Safaris will be aware of your overnight stops and if you do not show up at the pre-booked spot, we will launch a search. It is therefore very important that you keep water and some dry snacks with you at all times when traveling in Namibia.
100km per hour.
Mind when passing donkey carts and pedestrians in rural areas and slow down!
Check engine oil, water and tyre pressure when the engine and tyres are cold.
Just before most of the bigger towns, there are road blocks, but these are more a formality than an issue. If you adhere to the Namibian rules and regulations there should be no problems. We would like to advise you before you visit your country to have the following documents with you:
HEALTH & SAFETY ON TOUR IN NAMIBIA
Due to the hot dry climate, Namibia is virtually free of tropical diseases. Visitors should however take care of the following
A bite from an infected Anopheles mosquito can transmit microscopic blood parasites resulting in malaria. While malaria is found mainly in the north of the country, cases have been reported in the central region and occasionally in the south. Malaria can be a serious and fatal disease without prompt treatment. You can reduce the risk of malaria by using prophylactics (which should be started before arriving in Namibia and under your doctor’s guidance) and by following these simple procedures:
Insect repellents of high quality can be purchased in Namibia. Should any of the symptoms of malaria, such as fever, rigours (shaking), headaches, backache, diarrhoea and/or vomiting be experienced, it is extremely important to obtain professional help as soon as possible for proper diagnosis (a blood test) and prompt treatment. Symptoms can surface as soon as ten days and as long as eight weeks after being bitten. If any flu-like symptoms are experienced once you return home seek immediate medical attention and advise your doctor that you have recently visited a malaria area.
This disease is caused by a parasite, which lives in slow-flowing water. Fortunately, it is only travelers to the Caprivi and Kavango, who need be aware of bilharzia. Avoid drinking, swimming, or washing in rivers in the extreme north, especially in areas, where there is a lot of human habitation.
This is one of the most common problems in Namibia, especially in the hot summer months. Because of the high evaporation rate one seldom notices water loss – your sweat evaporates almost immediately! To avoid dehydration, try to drink three litres of water a day. Fizzy drinks (e.g.: Coca Cola) and beer DO NOT re-hydrate you! Early warning signs are a dull, throbbing headache and unusual tiredness.
Tap water is safe to drink throughout the country, except for isolated rural areas, where the consumption of filtered or bottled water is recommended.
The dry climate and the height above sea level often cause nose bleeds for the first few days after arrival.
SNAKES, SCORPIONS & SPIDERS
Although we have many different snakes in Namibia, they are seldom seen. The great majority of snakes are timid and move out of your path long before you see them. When walking in the bush wear good walking boots, preferable with thick socks covering the ankles. When walking in long grass be sure to check your legs and clothes for grass ticks – especially in the rainy season Scorpions and spiders are also seldom seen. They are more active in the rainy season, during the cooler evening and early morning hours. The best way to avoid being stung is to wear shoes. If by chance you encounter a scorpion or spider in your room, please ask your host to have it removed. Do not leave your shoes/boots outside at night –these provide convenient places for scorpions and Spiders to hole up in – not to mention the fact that Jackals have an insatiable appetite for shoes of all makes and sizes!
Wear a hat and sunscreen at all times. Never go walking without a supply of water – even if on a short walk. Keep a supply of water and some fruit or biscuits in your vehicle at all times.
Namibia is a peaceful, democratic country and it is safe to travel throughout the country.
Generally, Namibia is relatively crime-free. However, as in any other place in the world, there are undesirable
elements. The following precautions can be taken to ensure a safe and pleasant stay: